Tuesday, 02 August 2022 00:00

While the ankle joint is less likely to be affected by arthritis than other joints, when it is, it means that the tibiotalar joint – the joint between the shin bone and ankle bone – is worn out. The most common cause of this condition is a previous injury, such as an ankle fracture. In such cases, something called osteonecrosis can result from ankle injuries, where there is damage to the blood flow to a portion of the bone that can then lead to ankle arthritis. Other causes of ankle arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis (which can cause joint inflammation and damage to the cartilage), infections of a joint leading to damage of cartilage cells, being overweight, placing a larger burden of weight on the ankle joint, and possibly genetic factors. The most common symptom of ankle arthritis is joint pain. Other indicators of this condition include stiffness in the ankle, swelling in the joint, bone spurs on the joint, deformity of the joint, and a feeling of instability in the joint. One is less apt to feel tingling and numbness in the feet and toes from ankle arthritis due to irritation of the nerves, but it can happen. Changes in footwear, adding cushioned inserts in shoes, using a brace to help hold the ankle in position, and modification of activity can relieve discomfort associated with ankle arthritis. Sometimes, however, surgery is necessary. If your ankle hurts and you feel you might have ankle arthritis, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and customized treatment.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Total Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in San Antonio, and Uvalde, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 28 July 2022 00:00

Blisters form when the skin is injured and are the body’s way of protecting itself from further damage. A blister is a bubble of fluid that collects to cushion the injury so the underlying skin can heal. Blisters show up on the feet when there is friction from shoes. If a blister breaks, bacteria can enter the wound and an infection can develop. This can be painful and dangerous if left untreated. Sepsis, or an infection can enter the bloodstream and be life-threatening. Most blisters are tender or painful when they occur but when one is infected, it is more apt to be warm, have oozing pus, have a foul smell, and be swollen. If you have a blister that appears to be infected, bleeds when you touch it, or does not seem to be healing, it is suggested you contact a podiatrist for an examination and proper treatment.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Total Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in San Antonio, and Uvalde, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 26 July 2022 00:00

Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, can be an unsightly condition to have. It usually appears as a white or yellow spot under the tip of the toenail. This infection often comes from walking barefoot in a public bathroom, locker room, or swimming pool area. It is important to treat this condition immediately to prevent it from worsening, spreading, or causing more serious complications. The fungi that cause this infection are contagious and can spread to other parts of the body, even the blood. Most often, they spread to other nails on the feet or hands. Antifungal medicine is usually used to combat the problem. Ways to prevent toenail fungus include using antifungal powder on the feet each day, not sharing shoes or socks, washing and drying feet regularly, wearing breathable shoes, and not walking barefoot. If you suspect you have toenail fungus, contact a podiatrist as soon as possible for proper diagnosis and treatment.​​

For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Total Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in San Antonio, and Uvalde, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 19 July 2022 00:00

The age-old question of what type of shoes to wear for walking, especially fitness walking, continues. While runners have different needs compared to fitness walkers, and some running shoes would not be appropriate for walking, some of the shoes designed for walking can be even worse. Some walking shoes are made more for comfort and work purposes than walking for fitness. These types of shoes are highly cushioned to relieve stress from standing and may be heavy and not as flexible as needed. Running shoes tend to have more of the latest developments in technology with respect to cushioning for fitness walking, as well as motion control, and support. When choosing a running shoe for fitness walking, running stores can help you determine if you need motion control shoes, stability shoes, or neutral, lightweight trainers. The shoe you get should bend some and be able to be flexed at the forefoot. Look for shoes of 10 mm or less of a heel-to-toe drop. Make sure the heel of the shoe is undercut and angles in from the heel to the ground rather than being flared. Most importantly, make sure they feel comfortable. For additional help picking the right shoe for your particular foot and the needs of fitness walking or any other exercise you plan to embark upon, visit a podiatrist, who can examine your feet and gait and make specialized recommendations.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with one of our podiatrists from Total Podiatry. Our doctors can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in San Antonio, and Uvalde, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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